Posts Tagged "Marcus Bontempelli"

If you’ve watched any of the AFL’s preseason matches, or followed the coverage in the usual mainstream outlets, you’ve probably noticed one of this year’s hot topics: playing gun midfielders as forwards.

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The Western Bulldogs won the 2016 premiership against all odds, staging a remarkable run through September while starting as underdogs in every match.

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It’s not officially an AFL preseason until a group of The Roar‘s AFL experts come together to create the most necessary list in sport: the top 50 AFL players for 2018.

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22 under 22, the All-Australian team with a twist. The best of the best selected not from the entire AFL, but from those who were aged 22 or younger at the conclusion of the 2017 AFL home-and-away season.

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The 2001 AFL draft boasts many of the game’s big-name stars, whether recently retired or still soldiering on.

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Some big performances from the unsung names of the competition are featured in Round 6’s AFL Team of the Week.

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2016 was the year of the (under) Dog.

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He’s just three seasons into what will be a long AFL career, but the Western Bulldogs’ Marcus Bontempelli is ready to take the mantle of the game’s best player.

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Ahead of the 2017 AFL season, here is each club’s most important player.

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The lesson of this trade period is everyone is tradeable. Okay, almost everyone.

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Liam Picken is the unlikely hero of the Western Bulldogs’ finals campaign and also the unlikely leader of The Roar’s AFL Finals MVP award at this early stage.

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Midfield prodigy Patrick Cripps was a surprising omission from the 40-man All Australian squad this week. The Carlton midfield behemoth is playing in the lofty shadow of fellow 2013 draftee Marcus Bontempelli.

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We have all witnessed the emergence of Marcus Bontempelli over the past three seasons. From his game-winning snap-shot at goal in 2014 to his first win as captain in 2016, the ‘Bont’ has never ceased to amaze fans and critics alike.

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Another intriguing contest awaits, with the injury-hit Dogs well within the reach of the rising Pies.

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Marcus Bontempelli looks like the future and dominates the present. He is already a superstar. Soon, he will be a supernova.

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Just who is the best player in the land? If you love the game it’s a very important question.

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Due to the new Star Wars film being released in summer, the AFL world missed out on a lot of the buzz. This is an overdue comparison of the AFL industry with their Star Wars equivalents.

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At this time of year, clubs love selling the future. If draft pick X comes on, we’ll be surging up the ladder in no time. For a lot of teams, that hope has already turned to reality.

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In making this list players must be aged 21 years old or younger right now, and I tried to hit a sweet spot of past performance and future potential.

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The Western Bulldogs were the fairytale story of the 2015 season, and head into the new season filled with expectations and under a larger microscope.

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